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Poignant Umbrella Movement photo story wins photographer £5000 cash prize

(Image credit: Pierfrancesco Celada)

Pierfrancesco Celada has won the Guernsey Photography Festival | Raven Property Group International Photography Competition for his work showing life in Hong Kong. The Italian photographer who has been based in Hong Kong for the last six years won the £5000 prize of pictures show the protests.

Celada moved to Hong Kong in October 2014, at the beginning of at what has become known as Umbrella Revolution. Thousands of protestors, mostly students, have taken the streets and occupied major intersections. The escalating violence, and the lack of trust in both the government and the police force have been polarizing public opinion, further deepening Hong Kong’s current identity crisis.

His photo essay “When I feel down I take the train to Happy Valley, Hong Kong, 2014-19" will be displayed at the next Guernsey Photography Festival

(Image credit: Pierfrancesco Celada)

(Image credit: Pierfrancesco Celada)

(Image credit: Pierfrancesco Celada)

(Image credit: Pierfrancesco Celada)

(Image credit: Pierfrancesco Celada)

“Awarding our major prize to Pierfrancesco recognizes the work of a photographer who consistently produces projects at the highest of standards", says Festival Director Jean-Christophe Godet. "Celada’s coverage of the extraordinary events still developing in Hong Kong highlights the need for intelligent visual narratives in response to the complexity of the world we are living in".

The competition attracted over 300 entries from over 50 countries.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.